‘Green Fire’ Friday night

On Friday January 24, “A Fierce Green Fire,” a documentary that explores the first 50 years of the environmental movement, will be shown as part of a three-month Sustainability Film Series.

A collaboration of the Sonoma Community Center and Transition Sonoma Valley the series continues with “More Than Honey” on February 27 and “Green Gold” on March 28.

With “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For A Living Planet,” writer/director Mark Kitchell (“Berkeley in the Sixties”) examines pivotal examples of grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years, from conservation to climate change. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, is narrated by Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, among others.

Read earlier Sun interview of Kitchell

Kitchell focuses on five main stories: “David Brower and the Sierra Club halting dams in the Grand Canyon; Lois Gibbs and the people of Love Canal battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste (pictured); Paul Watson and Greenpeace saving the whales; Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon forest; and, because what else could we end on, the 20-year struggle to deal with climate change,” he said. “All are emblematic of strands and eras of environmentalism.”

The film started with the idea that a big-picture synthesis of environmentalism was needed. “It’s the biggest movement the world has ever seen, yet so broad and diffuse that we lack a larger sense of what it was about,” Kitchell said. “This film is meant to explore the historical meaning of the environmental movement, where we’ve come from and where we’re heading.

All films will be screened at SCC’s Andrews Hall, 276 E. Napa St. Each screening in the series will include an opening reception at 6:30 with refreshments, with the film presentation at 7 p.m. followed by informal community dialogue and engagement. Tickets cost $12 ($30 for the entire series) for the general public and $10 each for SCC members. Contact 938.4626 or Svbo.org.

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